The No. 2 sports story of 2017 | Area athletes perform at state meets
Their participation is the No. 2 story of 2017
By Malcolm Shields
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Multiple area athletes advanced to one of the highest platform for high school sports in North Carolina.
Northeastern's Trey Bryant (track and field), Pasquotank's Anthony Bonner (wrestling) Currituck's Sarah Dover (girls tennis), Pasquotank's 4x100 meter relay (track and field), Camden's Ethan Jones (boys swimming), Northeastern's Emily Breaux (girls swimming), Edenton's Amy Turner (girls cross country) and Camden's Dominic Brooks (boys cross country) all performed at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state championships this year.
Back in February, Jones and Breaux advanced to the 1A/2A state championship meet at the Triangle Aquatic Complex in Cary.
Jones, the 2017 Daily Advance Boys Swimmer of the Year, finished in fifth place in the 200 meter individual medley, while taking sixth in the 100 backstroke at the state meet.
Jones, then a sophomore, also swam on the Bruins' 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay team that advanced to the state meet.
Breaux, then a junior, advanced to the state meet by winning the 100-meter backstroke at the 1A/2A East regional on Feb. 4.
At the state meet, Breaux finished 10th in the 500-meter freestyle and 12th in the 100 backstroke.
Breaux, the 2017 Daily Advance Area Girls Swimmer of the Year, also swam in the 400 freestyle relay for NHS.
Later in February, Bonner, then a senior, advanced to the 182-pound final at the NCHSAA Individual State Championship at Greensboro.
Bonner matched up against Tyrone Watson from North Brunswick.
The two had met previously during the 2016-17 season.
For a third time, Watson defeated Bonner for the state title.
Bonner, the Area Wrestler of the Year, was the state runner-up at 182 pounds and finished the season with a 23-4 record.
The Lady Panthers relay team advanced to the 2A state championship meet at North Carolina A&T on May 19.
Pasquotank secured its third consecutive 2A East Regional title in the 4x100 at Pasquotank on May 13.
The Lady Panthers just missed receiving a medal as the quartet of Aundrea Morgan, Amaya Simpson, Kennedy Griffin and Jaleia Oatman finished in sixth place at the state meet.
Bryant, however, took the momentum from the 2A East Regional to medal at the state meet in the high jump.
Bryant, then a senior for the Eagles, took fourth place at the 2A state championship meet on May 19.
The top four athletes at the state championship meet for track and field receive a medal.
Bryant was second in the event at the 2A East Regional.
Dover followed up a regional runner-up finish this fall with another trip to the 2A state championship tournament in girls singles on Oct. 28.
Dover, who was the Daily Advance's Area Player of the Year, won her first-round match against Adithi Rao of NC School of Science & Math 6-4, 6-2.
In the quarterfinal round, Dover lost to Lake Norman Charter's Zoe Panizza 6-4, 6-0.
Dover, who was the Northeastern Coastal Conference tournament singles champion and an all-conference selection, ended her season with a 22-3 record.
Turner and Brooks both placed in the top 25 at the 1A state championship meets at Kernersville’s Ivey Redmon Sports Complex on Nov. 4.
Brooks, who won the 1A East Regional on Oct. 28, finished 22nd in the boys race at the state meet, while Turner placed 25th in the girls race at the state meet.